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Tessel Release New Single ‘Cinema’ Featuring Amber Arcades via [PIAS] Recordings

March 26, 2021
Photo Credit: Casper Buijtendijk

TESSEL release new single ‘Cinema’ featuring Amber Arcades via [PIAS] Recordings

Utrecht quartet TESSEL release new single ‘Cinema’ featuring Amber Arcades via [PIAS] Recordings.

A woozy guitar riff ushers in the hazy tune – reminiscent in sound of Real EstateBeach Fossils or Mac DeMarco in it’s sunny approach. Levi Oostermeijer sings lackadaisically of a short, intense love story striking out, before guest vocalist Amber Arcades joins in the second verse to complete a wistful duet. As the band explain:   

“Cinema is a duet from the perspective of two lovers. They go on a date to the cinema, the place they first met. However, something does not seem to be right, they both feel it, but do not dare to say it to each other. An intense love that has quickly blown over. 

Popcorn on your lap, a soda in the cup holder on the chair -3,2,1 – the film is running. A story identical to that of the two lovers is projected onto the screen… resulting in a “break-up” scene. The hall light comes on, the show is over, the two in the room look at each other knowing that this would be their last date in the cinema.” 

TESSEL · TESSEL – Cinema (feat. Amber Arcades)

Cinema is this joyous composition we need. This striking tone emerges with this fierce yet cherish-able beat, these upstrokes blend into the dreamy aura before the vocals immediately hook your attention. The lyrics may be raw but the pop elements of this creation provide this elevation. Amber Arcades dreamy vocal contribution join in the second verse and assist to the ethereal environment that Tessel have crafted. The collaboration just works and the two forces provide such energy which is captured in their new ensemble.

Their first release with [PIAS] Recordings Family Time’ came at the start of the year, and earned acclaim from DIY MagazineClash and EARMILK amongst many others. The have also already started building a following with acclaimed support slots with Ten Fé and Waltzburg, as well as an appearance at Rotterdam’s cross-art festival Motel MozaïqueNetherlands 3voor12 Radio have been big supporters also. 

TESSEL are Levi Oostermeijer (lead vocals and guitar), Joshua Bredow (Guitar), Jens Wierckx (Drums and backing vocals) and Thijs van Zutphen (Bass and backing vocals). 

Cinema’ was produced by Simon Akkermans at his Epic Rainbow Unicorn Studios, and is out now via [PIAS] Recordings.


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